Brown, Whitman Clash Over Solving Economic Woes

DAVIS (AP) — Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican Meg Whitman clashed Tuesday over remedies for the state’s teetering economy, using their first gubernatorial debate to draw sharp contrasts between their potential solutions for returning California’s luster.

Whitman said California has a government it can no longer afford and criticized Brown for being too cozy with public employee unions.

“I think we have one of the most dysfunctional governments. If we do not put Californians back to work and bring down our 12.4 percent unemployment rate, there is no way out of this fiscal mess,” she said.

Brown said Whitman’s approach of targeted tax cuts to improve the state’s economy will benefit only the rich and leave the working class and middle class behind. He said her approach was more of what he described as a failed economic model from the Bush era.

Both candidates criticized the failure of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature to pass a budget. They have set a record for the longest California has gone without a spending plan since the state started its fiscal year on July 1, unable to bridge a $19 billion deficit.

If elected governor, Brown said he would cut 15 to 20 percent of the governor’s budget and then ask the Legislature and state agencies to do the same.

“We can cut,” Brown said. They’re fooling around with a lot of fat.”

Tuesday’s hourlong debate at the University of California, Davis, is the first of three between the candidates.

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  1. OfficialCLM says:

    Was Meg Whitman running for Governor of Texas? I don’t get why she was obsessed with it in the first half of the debate.

    1. WIlliam says:

      Very good point. She had very few specifics for CA, just seemed to admire Texas. Brown was ready for her and I think easily won the debate.

    2. Karen-LA says:

      I think Texas is great and we could learn a thing or two from them. I wish their governor Rick Perry would run for President but he already said no. No kidding we are in Calfornia and it’s clear you did not hear Meg’s 3 core points for California. She wants to focus on jobs, education and efficient government.

  2. marco cruz says:

    whitman could have bought a little charisma with all those billions of her. she came across too scripted and too cold in my opinion.

  3. William says:

    Meg Whitman was tight and scripted. Brown was quick and well-informed, spoke to points effectively.

    1. Karen-LA says:

      Brown was well informed? What exactly did he say except to say Meg’s Pinocchio nose was growing. How childish is that anyway?

  4. Joe says:

    Brown had been a careear politican who was poor at best the first time around. He is a scripted con! California needs new tires, not retreads at the cost of new tires! Brown should just go back into obscurity. Whitman is far from perfect but way better that the bald retread!

  5. FFL says:

    Brown is a recycled far left sock puppet for Obumbler, Pee-lousey and Reid. Do you want more of the same from the sixties? He ran Oakland into the ground and can do the same with the entire state now! Don’t fall for his line of BS! Meg is no queen but MUCH better than Brown! Flush it down-

    1. Decent American says:

      Wow FFL, you sure are a class act with your well thought out and intelligent statements.

  6. Jim says:

    Brown has the know-how and experience to fix California’s problems. He has been a superb Attorney General, and has a good sense of humor too! Whitman offers only “trickle-down” Bush economics. She doesn’t get it right on such issues as environment, immigration, and water supply. Let’s not make the mistake of electing another amateur governor like Schwarzennegger!

    1. Karen-LA says:

      I totally disagree that he has been a superb Attorney General. He REFUSED to support Prop 8 in federal court. Who does he think he is disregarding the vote of the people of California?

  7. GERRY ISFULLBS says:

    VOTE BROWN OUT _SMOOTH TALKER LIKE OBUMMER_GET RID OF BARBARA MAAM BOXER AS WELL_NO SENIORS IN GOVT_NO CAREER POLITICIANS_LOOK WHERE IT GOT US!!
    BROWN AND MAAM NEED TO RETIRE_FORCE THEM TOO IN NOV!

    1. Montgomery Hate says:

      INSERT OVERLY SIMPLISTIC, UNDERTHOUGHT POLITICAL PLATITUDE HERE!

      Warning…Tea Party at work…extremely contagious…

  8. SACKADOODOO BROWN says:

    BROWN IS ALL TALK AND NO ACTION-SAME OLD SHAT–CA WILL BECOME NORTHERN MEXICIO AND GO MORE BANKRUPT IF JERRY IS AT THE HELM.
    WE NEED CHANGE FOR THE BETTER-GIVE FRESH MEG A CHANCE.

    LOOK ATGERRY A HAS_BEEN 100%

  9. Karen-LA says:

    Whitman clearly won the debate. She slammed Jerry Brown with fresh ideas. She speaks very well. She is polished. Jerry Brown is not.

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